Moving to all-natural skincare is a huge step in the right direction for your health. But are you still making big mistakes that could cost your skin its radiance?
Here are the top 5 all-natural skincare blunders.
1. Using Too Many Products
I get it. It’s easy to become overwhelmed with the plethora of natural skincare products on the market — not to mention all those DIY concoctions you can easily make at home.
But your skin doesn’t need an intricate, 12-step routine that takes hours to complete. Instead, focus on your individual needs. For example, if your skin is high sensitive and prone to breakouts, remove scented products from your lineup. Similarly, someone with eczema may do more harm than good when overusing certain products — even all-natural ones.
So consider this: What is the one thing you want to gain from your skincare products. Is it clearer skin? All day coverage? Select products that are geared specifically toward your goals, and avoid spending on things you’ll never use.
2. Exfoliating Too Often
Along with too many products, your exfoliating routine is another thing you can overdo. Some women get addicted to that smooth, clean feeling you get after exfoliating. Yet it’s possible to do real damage to your skin.
Over-exfoliating can leave your skin dry and more exposed to UV rays. If you notice redness, shininess, itchiness, tightness, or even acne that seems out of the ordinary, you may be over-exfoliating.
If you’re unsure of how often to exfoliate, start with once per week. You can then slightly increase or decrease the frequency based on your results. While everyone is different, exfoliating every day is too much for most people’s skin.
3. Going to Bed with Makeup
You might be tempted to think that it’s ok to fall asleep with all-natural makeup on. And while it’s certainly better than the chemical-laden alternative, your skin still needs a chance to breathe.
If your pores are covered in makeup all day and all night, they are constantly clogged and never able to detoxify. Regularly leaving makeup on your skin can make your pores appear larger, which isn’t a good look for anyone.
So make sure you go to bed with a clean face every night. You’ll thank yourself in the morning.
4. Not Moisturizing
Many people with acne or oily skin assume that their problem is simply too much oil. So they over-wash, use products that dry out their skin, and avoid applying moisturizers for fear of making the issue worse.
In reality, acne and oily skin are often a sign of dietary or hormonal issues — neither of which will be cured by drying out your skin. When you starve your skin of moisture — by either drying out your skin or not using a moisturizer — you cause your skin to produce even more oil to compensate.
In short, everyone can benefit from regularly using an all-natural moisturizer. You’ll help your skin balance its oil production.
Pro tip: If you find that your skin is very greasy after apply a moisturizer, try applying less the next time. A little goes a long way with natural moisturizers.
5. Applying Products at the Wrong Time
If you’re like me, you have a bedtime skincare routine. It’s easy to rush through it, putting everything on at once, just to crawl into bed one minute faster. Yet this isn’t a good idea.
Overwhelming your skin with too many products at one time can prevent them from being properly absorbed. To prevent this, narrow down your bedtime routine to the most crucial products. You can save everything else for another time of day.
Another similar mistake is applying products in the wrong order. Consider the thickness of each product: thinner products may need to go first so that they can easily penetrate your skin and do their job.
Which skincare blunder are you making? Do you have any tips on breaking a bad habit? Let me know in the comments.